Main Idea: Search for God’s fresh breath of life, the Ruach, to fill your sails.
Introduction: Fighting the flesh is a battle that everyone has; even Paul describes his personal frustrations with this war in Romans 7. This weekend, Pastor Chris discusses the crosswinds that steer us: the Ruach (the breath of God) and the forces of the flesh. Which one we let fill our sails determines our trajectory. We are challenged to consider which is more of a driving force in our lives and decision-making. Sometimes it is easy to do what the flesh considers appropriate because it is almost natural. We must be intentional with our thoughts and actions so we don’t allow the wrong wind to guide our ship.
Discussion Starter: Think about your day-to-day life. Are you more influenced by what your friends, family, and/or the culture around you do? Or are you more focused on each action being a resemblance of Jesus?
Primary Scriptures: Ephesians 3:16-20, Ephesians 5:18-20, 1 Corinthians 2:12-14, 1 Corinthians 3:12-16, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
- Read Ephesians 3:16-20 What can we learn from Paul’s prayer about being filled with the spirit? This is different from being filled with the Spirit when you first accept the Lord as your savior. This is strengthening the spirit on the inside.
- Read Ephesians 5:18-20 From these verses, what actions go along with being filled by the Holy Spirit?
- In 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 What comparison is made between those who are guided by the wind of the flesh vs those who are guided by the Spirit?
- 1 Corinthians 3:12-16 is deep. What do we know about ourselves as Christians by reading these verses?
- In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, what do we learn about God and what actions we can take to help us on our journey?
Discovery Bible Method: For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Corinthians 3:12-16 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.